The book that I want to share with you today is Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator. I do a huge graphic novel unit using parts of this resource from Teacher Created Resources found at Teachers Pay Teachers. I'll be honest, I've never been a big fan of graphic novels until this year. But if you really dig into them, there are so many things there waiting to be learned and analyzed. It's been one of my favorite units this year.
During the unit, we used many books from the Graphic Library Collection that fit our Social Studies standards. This year my students have really taken an interest in Amelia Earhart, so I was happy to start the unit with this graphic novel about her.
During the unit, we studied many different literary elements that are prominent in graphic novels, working towards 2 culminating projects at the end of the study. One was a fictional graphic novel that they created themselves focusing on the literary elements we found and studied during the unit. A second project was a narrative nonfiction graphic novel that required some research on whatever topic they chose to use for their second graphic novel. They simply had to find a story from history that they wanted to retell, find the information they needed from several sources, and then recreate the story in graphic novel form. We created a rubric of several elements that needed to be included, and I gave them one copy of a very simple template to get them started.(Grab it here if you like.) They drew the rest to create their own format. Many of the students referred back to the Amelia Earhart graphic novel and others in the nonfiction collection to use as models for their own nonfiction pieces.
If you haven’t used graphic novels with your students, I encourage you to give them a try! There are so many strong literary elements found in these books, and so many wonderful nonfiction graphic novels have been written, that they are easily integrated into content areas and make great jumping off points on lots of different elements of good literature.
Plus, my kiddos eat them up… and for me, that’s what it’s all about!
Take a moment and click over to visit Collaboration Cuties to see the other Social Studies Mentor Texts that have been linked up today.
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